Each day now I understand more and more that faith is a journey and that God calls us to live out our faith and seek a deeper relationship with Him at all times. I understand more and more that Jesus really was here to serve as a model for us.
I understand that ... but making the rubber meet the road can be a real challenge.
Anyway, I just completed Chapter 5 of Dallas Willard's book The Great Omission. Chapter 5 is titled "The Key To The Keys To The Kingdom". In this chapter, he writes primarily about honoring the Sabbath. When I was growing up, it was pretty much mandatory at our house that very little work was done on Sunday. I have continued that through most of my life but not always.
Willard, though, goes much further than just not working. He carries Sabbath to meaning a time of silence. As he explains, how can we expect to really connect with God if we're talking all the time? I have to admit that it is pretty thought-provoking stuff. I have often dreamed of going away for a short retreat of silence and doing nothing. Maybe someday I will be able to really give that a try as part of my spiritual discipline.